Today's Wall Street Journal (requires paid subscription) includes a profile of Susan Estes, a rising star in the male-dominated world of bond-trading. She has an interesting approach to dealing with sexist behavior in the workplace. She writes down the comments –say crude remarks about a blond weather forecaster– and reads them back later. Sounds useful in dealing with stupid remarks in general.
Many people complain that you can't trust what's on the internet because anyone can post. As this article points out, the internet can potentially be the most reliable news source. And links are a key tool. Other coverage of an event can be linked and source material can be directly referenced. After all, a link is just a footnote (that academic uber-proof) that takes you directly to the source instead of making you look it up.
The FBI recently 'encouraged' an ISP to pull the domain CrowdedTheater.com that showed a fairly realistic work by video artist Mike Z that portrayed a military briefing on a secret army plan to incite riots in Times Square at the roll-over into the next millenium. If's a frightening thought that the FBI didn’t bother to even get a court order. But, the video is mirrored at moxy.wtower.com. Coverage: Village Voice
If you think hacking means breaking into computers and defacing websites, check out this article. Hackers, hacking and hack definately mean something different. Unfortunately, much of the mainstream media doesn’t understand technlogy and has even less understanding of how to cover it. There are exceptions. The News and Observer (N.C.) recently did a nice piece on the difference between a nerd and geek. Not a big deal, except that it shows the type of background research that’s so often missing in coverage of technology.
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